Am I Having A Heart Attack?

At AFC Urgent Care Danbury we often see people coming in to our urgent care center with heart attack-like symptoms. People are often confused about whether they are having a heart attack, as the symptoms of a heart attack are very similar to other conditions, such as indigestion or an anxiety attack. In this Medical Minute learn how you can tell whether or not you are having a heart attack or something much less severe.



heart attacks begin with subtle, sometimes confusing, symptoms, which may only start out as discomfort, not as pain. Chest discomfort may come and go. Don’t be tempted to downplay your symptoms or brush them off as indigestion or anxiety.

 What Are Typical Heart Attack Symptoms?

• Chest discomfort or pain (typically a “pressure” sensation)

• Stomach pain or the feeling of  gas

• Shortness of breath

• Anxiety

• Pain or tingling in the neck or left arm

• Lightheadedness

• Sweating

• Nausea and vomitingWeakness

Women need to be especially vigilant about the possibility of having a heart attack because they are much less likely to be diagnosed then men because

1) Doctors are less suspicious of heart attacks in women

2) Their symptoms are typically more vague then in men, e.g., they may simply complain of minor heartburn and fatigue

Heart attack symptoms can vary widely. For instance, you may have only minor chest discomfort while someone else has excruciating pain. One thing applies to everyone, though: If you suspect you’re having a heart attack, call for emergency medical help immediately. Do not drive yourself to the hospital!